Bible Reading: Psalm 108
My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre;
I will awaken the dawn!
I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples,
And I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth.
That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and answer me!
God has spoken in His holiness:
“I will exult, I will portion out Shechem
And measure out the valley of Succoth.
“Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine;
Ephraim also is the 1helmet of My head;
Judah is My scepter.
“Moab is My washbowl;
Over Edom I shall throw My shoe;
Over Philistia I will shout aloud.”
Who will bring me into the besieged city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us?
And will You not go forth with our armies, O God?
Oh give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.
Through God we will do valiantly,
And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.
With our kids in middle school these days, I sometimes think back on my own junior high experience and the adolescent angst that time of life can bring. You don’t often hear people say, “The best years of my life were in junior high!” For many, it’s an awkward age filled with self-doubt and wanting to fit in. Confidence and self-assurance can be very hard to come by, especially when you’re listening to the voices of 7th graders.
Today’s psalm of David has been called The Warrior’s Morning Song. Unlike many of David’s other psalms that begin with lament, cries for help and confession, this psalm starts right off the bat with confident assurance, praises and singing. Further in, David still alludes to the conflicts and adversaries (Moab, Edom, and Philistia) he faces on all sides, but his confidence bursts through from the moment he arises at dawn throughout this entire song. So what is the cause for all David’s healthy self-confidence here? The answer lies in to whom he is listening. It is not the voices of others, but the voice of God who David writes, “has spoken in His holiness” (verse 7).
The same holds true for us as believers. It is God’s voice that is cause for joy, the reason for action and the guarantee of success in our lives. Even though we may not be in junior high anymore, many of us still struggle with doubt, anxiety and feeling like we don’t fit in. To overcome, we must start the day as David did, by listening intently to the one Voice of Truth.
Weekly Memory Verse: Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Psalm 105.1-3